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Bowl barrow 160m north of Lower Green House

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0495 / 53°2'58"N

Longitude: -1.8402 / 1°50'24"W

OS Eastings: 410805.477571

OS Northings: 350261.83049

OS Grid: SK108502

Mapcode National: GBR 36V.X43

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.PMW1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m north of Lower Green House

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1962

Last Amended: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010118

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13549

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Calton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 160m north of Lower Green House on
a broad shelf above the head of a dry valley. It survives as an oval earthen
mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 18m by 15m. There are several
shallow pits up to a maximum of 0.2m deep at the barrow's centre. The
monument is not known to have been excavated.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite past ploughing the bowl barrow 160m north of Lower Green House
survives well. It is a rare example in the Peak District of an unexcavated
barrow and as such will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the
mound and upon the old land surface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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